9781472590152

Rome The First Book of Foundations

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  • ISBN13:

    9781472590152

  • ISBN10:

    1472590155

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/19/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Michel Serres first book in his 'foundations trilogy' is all about beginnings. The beginning of Rome but also about the beginning of society, knowledge and culture. Rome is an examination of the very foundations upon which contemporary society has been built.

With characteristic breadth and lyricism, Serres leads the reader on a journey from a meditation the roots of scientific knowledge to set theory and aesthetics. He explores the themes of violence, murder, sacrifice and hospitality in order to urge us to avoid the repetitive violence of founding. Rome also provides an alternative and creative reading of Livy's Ab urbe condita which sheds light on the problems of history, repetition and imitation.

First published in English in 1991, re-translated and introduced in this new edition, Michel Serres' Rome is a contemporary classic which shows us how we came to live the way we do.

Author Biography

Michel Serres is a Professor in the History of Science at Stanford University and a member of the Académie Française. A renowned and popular philosopher, he is a prize-winning author of essays and books, such as The Five Senses, Genesis, and Biogea.

Randolph Burks is a philosopher specializing in phenomenology and philosophies of the body and nature. He has translated several works by Michel Serres, included Biogea, Variations on the Body and The Hermaphrodite (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

The Greatness of the Romans: the Fable of the Termites

THE BLACK AND WHITE: THE COVERING OVER

I. BLACK BOX: The Trampled Multiplicity
II. CITY OF ALBA: The White Multiplicity

THE EMPIRE AND SUFFRAGE: DEATH

III. EMPIRE: The Fragmented Multiplicity
IV. SUFFRAGE: The Assembled Multiplicity

THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE OR THIRD

V. AENEAS, SABINES
TARQUINS, CORIOLANUS: The Composite Multiplicity
VI. WAR AND PLAGUE: The Multiplicity in Representation

CROWDS

VII. IN THE CITY: The Agitated Multiplicity
VIII. IN THE FIELD: The Multiplicity in Peace

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